• Caminos de Agua

    Announcing Our Biggest Match Challenge Ever, Help Us Double Our Impact

    This year, we at Caminos de Agua are elated to be celebrating our tenth anniversary of working in collaboration with local communities, grassroots organizations, leading research institutions from around the globe, and supporters like you – all coming together to provide access to clean drinking water for so many in our region, and well beyond, whose health and wellbeing is being increasingly threatened.

    This decade of impact simply wouldn’t have been possible without the early and continuing help and commitment from an incredible network of individual givers who have made this work a reality. To celebrate this milestone, two of our closest and oldest supporters – who were there to help Caminos get off the ground ten years ago – are taking their contribution to a new level to help launch us into our Next Ten Years of work. These sponsors, who wish to remain anonymous, are generously putting up a $25,000 dollar Match Challenge to our entire community. That means that every dollar you give will automatically be doubled – up to $25,000 dollars – through the end of October. This is by far our most ambitious match challenge to date, and we need your help to get us there. When asked why they are sponsoring this campaign, our sponsors had this to say:

    We feel fortunate to have been able to help in this small way and to have had the privilege to help from the beginning. Seldom do you have the opportunity to give to an organization that uses your gift so wisely. And helps people help themselves in such an important way.

    Our regional water crisis continues to grow, affecting more than 700,000 people living in the Upper Rio Laja watershed – a region confronting severe water scarcity and contamination issues, which are creating multiple health, social, and economic problems for those most vulnerable in our region. Arsenic and fluoride, the two most prevalent water contaminates that plague community water supplies throughout our region, are extremely difficult to remove and largely overlooked by the greater water development sector. These chemicals are closely linked to increasing levels of chronic kidney disease, dental and crippling skeletal fluorosis (permanent staining of teeth and bones becoming deformed and fragile), skin lesions, cognitive development and learning impairments in children, and several kinds of cancer.

    Photo: Caminos de Agua's Matthieu Carriere works with community members from Los Ricos on the Groundwater Treatment System (background), a technical innovation developed by Caminos with support from numerous university and research partners and operated by the local community.

    At Caminos de Agua, we have developed an unusually collaborative approach to address these issues: in addition to years of experience collaborating with local communities and grassroots organizations, we partner with government, leading research universities, and other institutions and NGOs to develop appropriate solutions. Through these collaborations, we’ve created both groundbreaking technologies that deliver more affordable, adaptable, and durable alternatives that address these modern water challenges as well as equally innovative social implementation models – all to ensure access to clean water in dramatically underserved rural and urban communities.

    Over the last decade, we have developed a unique model that bridges technical innovation with social impact, and during the next 6 weeks, we will be bringing you a series of stories that highlight how our programs and their impact have evolved over these last 10+ years, and where we are taking this work into the future. So, please stay tuned!

    We are truly grateful to have you by our side in the fight for clean water access. We know that we ask a lot of you, but we are hoping you will step up again and help us meet this incredible opportunity, set by two of our most important supporters, to create a total of $50,000 of badly needed impact. Please consider making a donation today. It will automatically be doubled, up to $25,000 dollars, allowing you to help do twice the good. If you are interested in learning more about Caminos or have any other questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me personally at , or by simply replying to this email.

    Along with the entire Caminos de Agua team, I sincerely, thank you for helping make such an impact in the lives of thousands of people over these last 10 years, and we look forward to leveraging our impact in the decade to come.

    Dylan Terrell
    Executive Director


    Caminos de Agua is a US-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible in the US to the extent provided for in the law. Canadian Citizens, you can now support our work, while also receiving a tax deduction in Canada, by donating through our partner, Amistad Canada. Learn more about our joint "Clean Water Access" project by clicking here https://www.caminosdeagua.org/en/amistad

    Celebrating Ten Years of Impact in 2022
    Left: Executive Director, Dylan Terrell, in 2012, testing water quality from a rural community well and launching the Water Monitoring Program; Right: Dylan 10 years later presenting with a panel that includes the State Secretary of Environment of Guanajuato, the German Society of International Cooperation, and other NGO and government actors to sign a joint agreement on climate.
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